Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    On the buses as Rottnest wheels out upgrades

    8/10/2015 7:45 AM
    • ADAMS awarded 10-year lease to operate bus and train services on Rottnest Island
    • Four air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible buses to be added to the fleet
    • Revamped service to start November 1, 2015

    For the first time, all vehicles on the popular Rottnest Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off service will be air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible, thanks to a new arrangement between the State Government and private transport operator, ADAMS.


    Tourism Minister Kim Hames said he was pleased that the Government, through the Rottnest Island Authority, was able to grant the 10-year lease to an award-winning company with more than 30 years' experience in the industry and a clear commitment to service.


    "ADAMS has a proven track record in providing quality tours and transport with a focus on environmental responsibility, safety, fun and passenger comfort," Dr Hames said.


    "For a holiday island such as Rottnest, that approach to any service provision is essential. Businesses also have to be cost-effective, sustainable and understand visitor needs."


    The Minister said transport services would be extended and improved under the agreement, with more vehicles and services to cope with peak summer demand.


    "Four air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible buses will be added to the fleet ready for the high-demand tourism period over the summer holidays," he said.


    Dr Hames said that ADAMS also valued the knowledge and experience of current permanent and casual staff delivering tours and transport services on Rottnest.


    "I'm delighted the experience and passion of current staff has been recognised. ADAMS has undertaken to provide opportunities for all so they can continue to share their knowledge and love of the island, its heritage and its ecosystem," he said.


    The Minister said all buses in the ADAMS fleet on the island would be equipped with air-conditioning ready for the start of services from November 1, 2015 and existing buses without air-conditioning would be decommissioned.  ADAMS is expecting to increase capacity and transition to a newer fleet of ecofriendly vehicles for Rottnest Island over the next three years.


    ADAMS will also operate the train tour and the complementary shuttle bus that services accommodation around the settlement.


    Fact File

    • ADAMS was awarded Gold in the 2014 WA Tourism Awards
    • 10-year lease arrangement with ADAMS includes five-year options to extend
    • Private investment part of the Rottnest Island Management Plan 2014- 2019
    • For more information, visit http://www.rottnestisland.com/

    Minister's office - 6552 5300